FELLOWSHIP AND SIN! God has equipped Christians of all Nations to be able to fellowship together in spite of all the differences that could possibly separate us. In the first four verses of 1 John, the Apostle emphasizes the importance of our fellowship with Jesus and with other Christians. This fellowship is important to us being able to experience the complete joy that God wants us to have. John follows his remarks in those verses with these words, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin,” (1 John 1:4-7 NIV).
God is a holy God. There is absolutely no sin in God’s nature or God’s actions. God expects those who claim the name of Jesus, those who profess to be Christians (followers of Jesus Christ), to live holy lives as well. The Apostle Peter reminds us of what God’s Word says, “Be holy, because I am holy,” (1 Peter 1:16 NIV). The totality of our life (thoughts, heart, and actions) determines our fellowship with God and with other Christians. If we are living in sin it does not matter what we say to cover that sin up, it is still sin. It doesn’t matter how we try to excuse or alibi for the sin it is still sin. God knows it and we know it. And that sin breaks our fellowship with God and with other Christians because it is light (holy living) that allows the fellowship while sin breaks fellowship; not our relationship but our fellowship. And with the breaking of the fellowship goes the joy that God wants us to have. The people around us may put up with our sinful lives, even though they may not agree with our sins, but the fellowship will not be the same and the joy will not be the same. While God may tolerate our sin for a season, fellowship is broken, and there is a “payday someday” for we do reap what we sow.
God is a gracious and loving God and He provides the answer for our sin nature and our sinful actions if we are responsive to Him. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us,” (1 John 1:8-10 NIV). Fellowship with God is one of the great privileges of the Christian life. What could be better in life than to be on intimate terms with God, to walk with Him through life with constant communication and direction from Him, to rely on Him for everything in life, and to bring God joy through our thoughts and actions? So let us be sure that if we fail ourselves, others, or God Himself we bring our failures (sins) before God and confess them and depart from them. We should deal with all sin immediately and resume fellowship with God and other Christians. ("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).